Mechanical Issues Impact Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Itinerary

August 3, 2010

(4:45 p.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas did not call in Stockholm as planned today due to a technical delay. We were first tipped off to the missed port by Cruise Critic member drummond; company spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez confirmed that, due to a mechanical issue with one of the four hydraulic motors on the starboard propulsion system, the ship must sail at a slower speed until repairs can be done later in the week.

How will the mechanical problems impact cruisers? The ship's scheduled call in Stockholm from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today was replaced with a call in Visby, Sweden, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Wednesday, the ship will visit Helsinki as planned, and on Thursday the ship will arrive in St. Petersburg at 7:30 a.m. (half an hour late) and depart Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Although preliminary repairs were carried out in Harwich on Saturday, more substantial work will be done in St. Petersburg, including replacing the problematic hydraulic motor with a new one. If the repairs go as planned, no additional itinerary changes will be necessary.

To compensate those onboard for the disruption to the planned itinerary, Royal Caribbean is offering Jewel of the Seas passengers $150 to $250 per cabin in onboard credit (amount varies by cabin category booked).

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor

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